During the picks last week I posted an image of Wayne Rooney as Shrek declaring that he would never again play for England. I’d like to apologize to Mr. Rooney because it turns out that he will be playing for England in his very own international testimonial!
Given the result of his Premier League testimonial – a 0-0 draw in Mourinho’s first game – England should be the perfect team to recreate that score.
If England can’t fail to score, no team can.
This weeks results have a tie between ME and AM this week. This represents the second week in a row that ME has topped the table.
At the bottom was LJ who is once again proving that the more you know about football the harder it is to make correct predictions. On reflection, maybe ME is proving that too.
Prognosticator of the week goes to AA who managed to pick a 2-3 result out of the hat for Wolves at home against the potato chickens.
I should hopefully resume the normal sarcastic posts this week but for now I’ll just post the results.
This week I downgraded my score after I realized that I had incorrectly listed a 1-1 draw for Chelsea over Manchester United when I had, in fact, picked a 2-1 victory for the home team. This pushed me down into second place and left ME as the sole weekly leader.
Only one point separates ME and AM! KMFE An online betting company gains some points this week but not enough to rise from relegation danger.
Quotes of the Week
ME: “Another tough week!!” Rope-a-dope ?
ME: “Bournemouth to win the sunshine derby.” “Chelski will continue their form and get Mourinho sacked..” “I would like to pick Watford but Wolves are on a roll.. really tough call, maybe a draw is the order of the day!” Makes me wonder if you weren’t just a wee bit lucky this week.
KMFE: “The Raheem from the England/Spain game will be the one who shows up for us, right? :-)” Who needs Raheem when you have Bilva, Sane, Mahrez, Fernandino, and Aguero? That’s right, Madrid.
BB: “Have no idea. Been thinking about bots and law firms not football.”
LJ: “The Hornets are stuck in reverse so I have to go against them this week again. Sorry mate…..”
LS: crickets No one expected 2-0 the other way!
AB’s Quiz Corner AB: “Which player has scored in the most diverse number of competitive club football competitions – during the same football season?”
During 2012-2013, Fernando Torres (playing for Chelsea) scored in 7 competitive club competitions:
Premier League, FA Community Shield, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League, FIFA Club World Cup.
A few years later he couldn’t score in any.
Well, I got some late entries from JE and LS to make this another week of complete picks. The full selections:
It seems that the extra time to prepare gave JE too much time to second-guess and finish a fairly low 8th; however, Mr LS too full advantage of the time and finished top for the week. This was an incredible 10 place jump from last week!
I don’t know how he convinced the linesman to fall asleep for Arsenal’s second and exact-points scoring goal but it worked. I feel cheated!
It was a better week for AM in his quest for a repeat over ME with a jump of 8 places.
The arbitrary table of points. I might give more points for 7th and below to help some of you out.
When you watch the EPLthis week I want you realize how lucky we are to see high quality football rather than what is played in other parts of the world.
I do appreciate everyone sending them in as it makes this interesting for me.
Note: Looks like Watford’s 2nd string lost to Spuds 1st and a 1/2 team on penalties in the Milk Cup.
So it has been a full week since the games ended (and a bit) and I’ve been keeping everyone in suspense with regards to who won. After Saturday AM was leading the charging and it looked like he was going to extend his lead at the top but luckily a surprise win by the Hornets and an exact pick on the Monday put him back just a little.
The winner this week was the last place finisher last week showing that there’s no difference between being average consistent and wildly inconsistent.
The current overall standings.
Interesting to note that I actually prefer the Alternate Scoring system (as I usually do better) but that has ME leading the pack!
There is a phrase in football – “Sing when You’re Winning” which other than, apparently being a Robbie Williams album, is one of the oldest chants in the game of football.
“It’s all gone quite over there!”
Well this week the Watford Hornets stung the Potato Chickens of Tottenham with a great win and the BIGGEST fan of Vicarage Rd was seen singing!
That’s not singing..that’s Elton John having a heart attack. Anyway, he’s not the Hornets biggest fan.
So the results are in with BE declared the weekly victor. Once again I am in the upper table but once again I’m not making any headway. Given that my season usually goes like the Hornet Moosemen (establish early lead and then falter over Christmas) it’s not looking good for the year already.
I do have to thank Watford for handing me a tidy exacter and with 9 points on the board… about 22.5% of the way to safety.
Dishonorable honorable mention this week. After my write up I got a note from an AM with respect to his picking Spurs for the win:
“No good. . . .HAD to change it – couldn’t live with myself, regardless of the outcome.”
Clearly, I was premature on stating that he was maturing as a picker as he succumbed to the siren of former glories.
In the week he pointed out that he had won how many league trophies?
When asked how many were at the team that has net spent 300 Million GBP (despite them not backing him) he use his fingers to count again:
Perhaps it’s time to say goodbye.
This year the “Alan Pardew Project” is putting Mourinho on the early favorite list for the chopping block… he should be looking over his shoulder for potential replacements.
I’ve included the 2 Supercomputer picks in the totals this week. A quick rundown of what that means:
SC1 picked 2-1 every game this week due to a severe lack of blockchain big analytics data cloud coding framework skills.
SC2 is a top secret algorithm (that won the whole thing in 2016 and was near the top last year) that I will eventually use to deplete the coffers of whatever gambling site sponsors my least favorite team. It’s not a bad picker.
This week BB – self described legend of randomness – found himself at the top of the mountain. LJ deserved better for picking the Hornets to win. AA moved herself up from the basement! LS hopefully had a better birthday week than his picks – and judging by the food he normally gets shoveled in his direction by Masterchef finalists I’m sure that to be the case.
Tragically, ME is already falling well behind AM who after two solid weeks finds himself top of the class.
I will also note that I mocked AM for his seemingly ridiculous pick of 5-0 for Citeh over Huddersfield – which ended up with 2 points for the 6-1 pounding it was!
Forms for the next two weeks are up so no excuses – I will take the last entry before kick-off of the first game.